Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Kegatron:
4/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle into the New Belgium globe glass.
Pours a deep clear ruby, with several fingers of rich, slightly off-white head. This maintains a robust look, slathering the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral and piney, with some light leafy spice character and an underpinning of herbal and tropical notes. Some tangier toffee and a touch of toast mix in as well from the back. The tropical flavors and pine are the standouts here.
The taste is pine, green bitter citrus, gentle tropical fruit and herbal textures and a more malty presence of sweet caramel that has a bit of a burnt edge to it. This is a very smooth mix of flavors here, with only that dry finish of resins, spice and bitterness giving this any real aggressiveness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm on the tongue and roof of the mouth, which is wrapped up in a smooth, oily and creamy feel that flows nicely in the mouth. Just a smidge of alcohol is present in each sip, which doesn’t stand a chance against the flavor and feel here.
This was a pleasant surprise for me from New Belgium, being a well hopped yet balanced and smooth take on an American Amber Ale that had a really solid flavor and drinkability to it. I’ll be investing in a six pack next time.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2012 14:31:52 | More by Kegatron
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a perfectly transparent amber with several small bubbles rising to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. A nice cap stays in place all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing. Nice.
S - Caramel, red apple and sour earthy hops great the nose upon opening the bottle. More of the same in the glass with perhaps some caramelized brown sugar. Really quite good.
T - Caramelized brown sugar and red apple upfront. The body is a nice blend of tart red apple, hop bitterness riding on the back of the tongue, and a hint of caramel malt. Huge wave of hops and apple as the beer passes over the back of the tongue fades into a biscuit, caramel and slightly overripe red apple finish.
M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to give it a fresh feeling (even though this particular bottle is several months old). Well done.
As promised, Red Hoptober is a well hoped red ale that has a beautiful appearance. The only downside to this gem of a beer is that on a clean palate, the finish will start to turn slightly caustic at the end. Otherwise, the flavors, mouthfeel, and smell jive well to form a very delicious brew. One of my favorite red ales, I hope to get some more this coming fall. Now that I go to CSU, hopefully I can get is straight from the brewery!
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 04:56:35 | More by Bockrules
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.